You’ve heard of Delta Airlines, the Delta variant of COVID, but have you heard of Delta 8? Delta 8 is a type of cannabis that’s socially deemed as “legal weed.” Like its cannabis cousins, it comes in flower, vape, and edible form. See how it differs from traditional marijuana and why everyone is getting on board with it.Delta 8 Strain
First, D8 is a THC (the psychoactive component) compound. It is naturally found in hemp. Its cousin, Delta 9, is the THC component that achieves the “high” feeling. D8 is a step below, so the structure is similar but not as potent. So does D8 get you “high”? Not really, certainly not like Delta 9. Of course, it does affect everyone differently, but overall it’s a low-grade, subtle high. Some describe it to be indica-like. Since it’s still a relatively new concept, researchers are unsure of the benefits and risks. However, they know that the side effects are pretty much the same as Delta 9 THC: dry mouth (also called cotton-mouth), red eyes, increased heart rate, and slowness.
Additionally, D8 products are synthetically made- so they may contain D9, and D10, which is still little known. Nevertheless, medical experts advocate for it, claiming it helps with sleep & PTSD. But, legally speaking, D8 is a loophole for more conservative states where cannabis is still recreationally illegal.
D8 and the Law
Delta 8 is legal, thanks to the Hemp Farm Bill. Because hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, D8 falls under that legal limitation. Wherever cannabis is recreationally legal, Delta 8 is an easy find. It may be harder to find in more conservative states. In Texas, it is legal. In fact, there was a bill motioning to outlaw D8, but thankfully it did not go through. As mentioned above, D8 may contain D9 and D10, so it may cause users to fail a drug test. If you decide to try it out for yourself, proceed at your own risk, because again, it’s not as well-understood as Delta 9 THC.
You can find it at most smoke shops. If you’re in the Austin area, you can learn more about it at Delta 8 THC Austin. They are located on West Parmer Lane. We are still researching Delta 8, so any feedback and insight would be super helpful and appreciated. Thank you for reading!
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Jada was born in San Marcos and raised in Texas. She spent a chunk of her childhood in a tiny town of 130 people before moving to San Antonio in junior high, where she lives today. An avid bookworm, she loves mystery and horror genres. She attended Texas State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English. She now is building a writing and editing career. Jada deeply cares about the environment and proves it by avidly recycling, reducing energy consumption, and avoiding single-use products.